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'Jazz Standards' Getting To Be a Standard

by Jerome Weeks 17 Aug 2012 5:46 PM

The new jazz reference work by North Texas writer/historian/musician Ted Gioia has been getting some very nice ink.


The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, the new reference work by North Texas writer/historian/jazz musician Ted Gioia, has been getting some nice ink. We interviewed Gioia about the book soon after it came out — we wanted to know how a song becomes a standard. And in the past month, the book has been getting hailed by reviewers — in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Kansas City Star.

From Dennis Drabelle in the Post: “Gioia closes, fittingly, with one last Cole Porter entry: “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.” “The Jazz Standards” itself is awfully nice to dip into.”